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Poster: Moongleam Date: Jan 17, 2011 12:07pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: DVD Creation Help

I don't use DVDFlick, but I can give you some general information that may be useful.

Let's say you have an avi file with an exact 16:9 aspect ration; the resolution is 640x360 (square pixels). The program that converts this to an anamorphic NTSC mpeg2 will rescale the picture to 704x480 or 720x480 (pixels not square). "Anamorphic" means distorted; the picture has been stretched vertically. The program will embed in the mpeg2 file a bit of information that indicates that the aspect ratio is 16:9 instead of 4:3, so that the DVD-player will compress the image vertically during playback.

If your source avi has an aspect ratio greater than 16:9, then the program will rescale the image to a height less than 480 and pad the picture with black at top and bottom to make it 480 pixels tall.

Perhaps there is a way to tell DVDFlick that you want to create an anamorphic NTSC mpeg2 file.

By the way, I also use dvdAuthorGUI when I'm putting only one movie on a disk. When I need a menu because there's more than one movie, I find it's much easier to use "GUI for dvdAuthor".

The program I use for creating the mpeg2 files is mencoder, but it's a command-line program with no GUI.

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Poster: derkman96 Date: Jan 17, 2011 1:24pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: DVD Creation Help

alright, so if I'm understanding you correctly, to create an anamorphic widescreen DVD with dvdauthor gui (or gui for DVDAuthor) the mpeg will look distorted until I watch it on my TV? With DVDFlick it automatically makes an anamorphic widescreen video, I just prefer to use DVDAuthorGUI. I will look at GUI for DVDAuthor and see if that makes more sense to me. Thanks for all the help.

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Poster: Moongleam Date: Jan 17, 2011 1:32pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: DVD Creation Help

If you look at an anamorphic mpeg2 on your computer using a not-too-smart viewing program, it will be distorted; everyone will be too tall and narrow. A good viewing program will notice the 16:9 aspect directive in the file and will display it correctly.

Anyway, it will look correct on your television if the 16:9 aspect is specified.

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Poster: derkman96 Date: Jan 17, 2011 1:37pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: DVD Creation Help

alright. So, hypothetically, if I were to convert a movie file to MPEG 2 with Any Video Converter (http://www.any-video-converter.com/products/for_video_free/) Would it keep the aspect ratio? and if so, could I then load that file into DVDAuthorGUI/GUI for DVDAuthor?

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Poster: Moongleam Date: Jan 17, 2011 1:42pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: DVD Creation Help

If the anamorphic mpeg2 is created correctly, dvdAuthor will have no problems with it (it must contain nav-packets, of course). I have created probably hundreds of DVDs using dvdAuthorGUI and GUI for dvdAuthor with no problems.

Once the mpeg2 file is created, you can make sure it's anamorphic (16:9) by viewing it with VLC. While watching, select menu-path
Video / Aspect-Ratio / 4:3
This should make everything suddenly look taller.

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Poster: derkman96 Date: Jan 17, 2011 1:51pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: DVD Creation Help

alright. Thanks to everyone for your help.